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Genus Minuria Family Asteraceae

Description: Annual or perennial herbs or dwarf shrubs.

Leaves alternate, sometimes opposite or clustered, simple.

Heads terminal, solitary or rarely clustered, pedunculate; involucral bracts in several series; receptacle flat or convex, naked. Ray florets many, in 2 or more series, female; style branches subulate to narrow-ovate, glabrous; achene fertile; pappus of several to many free, barbellate bristles or of capillary bristles more or less united in clumps. Disc florets bisexual but usually functionally male; style branches subulate or narrow-ovate, pubescent; achene sterile or rarely fertile; pappus of dimorphic hairs with both short and long more or less free, barbellate bristles or scales or else a cup of fused scales surmounted by 1–8 bristles, sometimes of uniform long bristles only.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 10 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States except Tas.

Text by N. S. Lander
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Minuria scoparia

 Key to the species 
1Stems and peduncles glabrous2
Stems and peduncles sparsely to densely pubescent3
2Uppermost leaves overtopping heads; disc florets with corolla tube 2–2.8 mm longMinuria annua
Uppermost leaves not overtopping heads; discfloretswith corolla tube c. 0.3 mm long
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Minuria integerrima
3Stems more or less woolly with stellate hairs;leaves with margins conspicuously toothed; sometimesentire apicallyMinuria denticulata
Stems pubescent with simple hairs; leaves with marginsentire
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4
4Leaves glabrous; ray florets with pappus 7.6–9 mm longMinuria cunninghamii
Leaves subglabrous to pubescent;florets with pappus2.5–4 mm long
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Minuria leptophylla

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